The following legislation was sponsored and passed by Senator Judith Zaffirini. Click here to view legislation passed prior to 2007.
82nd Legislature (2011):
Quality Care Indicators: Requires that each board provide information on quality child care indicators for each child care provider in the area in order to better inform the consumer. (House sponsor: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/11.
Childcare Training: Specifies exactly who might provide the training required for all
employees and directors of childcare providers in Texas. (House sponsor: Rep. Stefani Carter, R-Dallas); Effective 1/1/12.
Appointment of a Parenting Coordinator: Would authorize the court to appoint a person who meets the minimum legal qualifications, including an employee of the court, to act as a parenting coordinator voluntarily and without compensation (House sponsor: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 6/17/11.
Recruitment and Retention of Certain Caseworkers Employed by the Department of
Family and Protective Services (DFPS): Directs DFPS to use special assessment tools in screening applicants for employment with the child protective services division; charges DFPS to study the salaries of each type of caseworker it employs; and requires DFPS to report the results of its study to the legislature. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/2011.
Children in Foster Care: Requires each school district to appoint at least one employee to act as a liaison officer in order to facilitate the enrollment in or transfer of a child who is in the conservatorship of the state. (House author: Rep. Joe Farias, D-San Antonio); Effective 9/1/11.
Extends Agreements Authorizing Certain Persons to Make Decisions regarding a Child during an Investigation of Child Abuse or Neglect: Extends the possibility of authorization to members of the parent’s extended family and other trusted community members. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/2011.
81st Legislature (2009):
Juvenile Case Management System (JCMS): Authorizes funding for the JMCS which will enable state and county agencies to compile a comprehensive juvenile justice information and case management system. (House Sponsor: Rep. Allen Vaught, D-Dallas); Effective 9/1/09.
Nutritious Foods for Children: Establishes a program in the Texas Department of Agriculture to utilize existing food bank networks to provide children at risk of hunger or obesity with access to nutritious foods. (House author: Rep. Helen Giddings, D-Dallas); Effective 9/1/09.
Juvenile Judge Training: Requires judges who handle juvenile Class C Misdemeanor cases to undergo training in order to ensure that judges are familiar with the needs of child welfare and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures certain rights to individuals with disabilities. (House Author: Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston); Effective 9/1/09.
80th Legislature (2007):
Child Safety Month: Designates April as Child Safety Month. (House author: Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Southlake); Effective immediately.